Help bring pain management therapies to children with cancer
Every gift makes a big difference, both toward and beyond our goal!
Chloe, a passionate surfer and volleyball player with a heart full of sunshine was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive pediatric bone cancer in the Spring of 2018. She has heroically endured chemotherapy and surgeries that will continue into late fall with humor and optimism to combat this devastating illness.
The integrative therapies provided through UCSF’s Integrated Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care (IP3) program, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, and music therapy, have played an immense role in Chloe’s positive outlook and overall well-being during her fight against cancer.
The program’s acupuncture services along with treatments at home have helped minimize the pain Chloe experiences from cancer and surgery, and manages the many terrible side effects of chemotherapy such as vomiting, nausea, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. It also increases white blood cell count and improves immune and lymphocyte cell activity.
Aromatherapy (Chloe’s favorites are mint and lavender), acupressure, and massage have been very beneficial in soothing nausea and anxiety.
For these therapies to have their maximal effect, they must be provided on a consistent basis.
Chloe’s mission is to make the integrative therapies provided by the IP3 program more frequently and consistently available, to truly make a difference in the health and well-being of children who are fighting cancer at UCSF.
About the IP3 Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Children are especially vulnerable to the psychological stresses of being in the hospital and undergoing cancer treatment away from family and friends. The side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery can be as devastating as the disease itself and lower a patient’s overall quality of life. Controlling debilitating nausea and fatigue is critical to maximizing strength and optimism necessary for recovery. Integrated Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care (IP3) at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco works together with patients and families to ensure pain, symptoms, and emotional needs are met.
Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with the patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, families also face complex decisions and unimaginable demands.The IP3 program is focused on providing compassionate care for these families. The service offers acute and chronic pain and symptom management, as well as integrative medicine services including acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, and music therapy. The goal is enhancing the quality of life for patients and families dealing with life threatening illnesses.
How you can help more children heal and increase quality of life through the IP3 Program
The IP3 program is currently unable to meet the demand for their services.
Resources increasing the capacity would mean a shorter wait time for therapies and decreased likelihood of turning patients away. The bandwidth for increased follow-up with patients would also allow the team to treat more patients, including those whose insurance does not cover inpatient rehabilitation.
By making a gift of any size in support of the program, our IP3 clinicians will be able to provide care to more patients like Chloe in need of pain management therapies including:
We hope you’ll join us in supporting Chloe’s mission to maximize patients’ strength and optimism in their journey to overcome cancer. Every gift makes a difference and it starts with you.
Chloe & Aimee
If your employer offers matching funds, search your matching funds site for tax id: 94-2829914. It's called University Of California San Francisco Foundation. In the comments for the administrator and for the charity, state that this is for the Integrated Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care (IP3) at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco in honor of Chloe Baiter and it will get directed to the right place.
Be an Ambassador
Do you have an epic race or event coming up? Do you need some positive vibes that come with the joy of fundraising for children in need? Help us fundraise and spread the word by becoming an ambassador for Chloe's campaign! Please contact Aimee for more information on how to get started.